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Mon November 20 @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

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DBARA Elections and Al Helfrick - 50 years of Ham Radio
Elections This Monday Night starting around 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Beachside, Daytona Beach  

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DBARA Elections and Al Helfrick - 50 years of Ham Radio


Wednesday - Portable Ops - Reed Canal


DBARA Christmas Banquet - Ormond Beach


Winter Field Day 2018

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Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

2017-11-16 16:39:45

Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78-GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9.

“We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz,” Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors. “We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the Northeast and mountaintop access is limited.”

On the Canadian side were Rene Barbeau, VE2UG, and Ray Perrin, VE3FN. On the US side were Henry Ingwersen, KT1J, and Seguin. The first contacts were between FN35ja and FN34jx — a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), “primarily to tests systems,” Seguin said. “Contacts were easily made in SSB with huge signals on both ends.”

Next, N1JEZ and KT1J moved to FN34lt — extending the distance to 27 kilometers (16.7 miles), and again easily made contact with the Canadian crew. — Thanks to Mike Seguin, N1JEZ

The World’s Largest Hamshack : Ham Nation 326

2017-11-16 07:44:42


Emergency SET this weekend

2017-11-13 17:19:32

Here is the final information for this weekend's meeting and simulated emergency test event.
Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator 
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

HamCation(sm) is right around the corner...

2017-11-08 17:59:30

T minus 3 months and counting! Need tickets??? Ticket price increases Jan 1.


FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

2017-11-08 08:49:40

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helping their neighbors, hardworking Federal Emergency Management Agency staff — including communications personnel in Emergency Support Function #2 — the dedicated regulators of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, and the FCC’s own Roberto Mussenden, who has spent the past month away from his family on the mainland in order to help the island where he grew up.”

“Additionally, Amateur Radio operators, broadcasters, cable operators, fixed wireless companies, wireline carriers, and mobile providers have stepped up to the plate, working overtime to connect the disconnected,” Pai continued. “All of this work reflects the ethos I saw on many signs and t-shirts during my time on the island: ‘Puerto Rico Se Levanta’ [Puerto Rico is Rising].”...
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This week it's all about Arduino and Ham radio.

2017-11-05 19:42:46

Our guest will be Glen Popile, KW5GP, the author of several ARRL books such as "Arduino for ham radio", "Meshed Networks" and now a new book. Glen Popiel will discuss all the new projects and show them to us. Phone lines and chat room will be open for our world wide viewers to ask questions or provide comments. You can watch this show on Amateur Radio Roundtable every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM central on W5KUB.Com Our program is also simulcast on famous international shortwave station WBCQ on 5130 kHz. If you have an interesting topic and would like to be on a future show please contact us. We invite you to join our ham radio facebook group at

November Elections

2017-11-04 16:21:48

Presentation: Al Helfrick - 50 years of Ham Radio

Positions up for elections and current nominees:

Club President:
KS4GD - Jon Rutledge

Club Vice-President:
N9HF - David R. Kerl

Club Treasurer:
WD3B - Dennis Burgoyne

Club Secretary:
KI4VWP - Carolyn Truesdale

Director Positions: (2 open...)

K4TUG - Captain John Locicero
KA4NHH - Kerry Dunham
KA4WDK - Arthur Byrnes

This is the information taken from the Ballot designed for our elections coming soon.. Please contact the club to make sure you are eligible to vote. This will be difficult to confirm once we've arrived at the meeting. If your name was printed on the recent club-member sign-in sheets, you are probably ok.

19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) event

2017-11-04 16:06:43

Hello everyone,

The 19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) event has been officially announced and the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne will once again be participating!  SRD provides a venue for NWS offices to recognize Amateur Radio operators for their commitment in helping keep their communities weather safe. Amateur Radio operators will be on the airwaves at over 100 NWS offices across the country for this 24 hour event, which will run this year from 7 PM Friday, December 1st and continue through 7 PM Saturday, December 2nd.

This year we plan on having at least one HF station, hopefully two, as well as operating on 2M and Echolink.  The need for volunteer operators on HF this year will greatly depend on how many HF stations we will have set up, which is still being worked out.  However, volunteers for 2M operations and Echolink will definitely be needed....
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Building a Solar Charger

2017-10-29 08:15:13

There is lots of scope for outdoor electronics. A solar charger is useful for this : ) The 90-second video here describes it.

I wanted to have a general purpose outdoor solar charger that could be used for (say) powering outdoor speakers, or for evening lighting. I wanted something that could easily charge some tens of Watt-hours energy capacity batteries, so that there is lots of power available, but small enough that it doesn’t need a massive panel.


I have several compact solar panels and a few rechargeable batteries to test with for now, but I hope to find slightly larger panels and batteries too.

A charge current of a few amps was the ballpark I was looking for, and the ability to charge a cell or 2- or 3-cell battery, perhaps up to 12V.

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Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

2017-10-27 19:23:21

The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said.

This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subjects as soldering, using drones, setting up a Facebook page, and configuring and using a smartphone.

“These types of programs were dropped by RadioShack years ago,” Freers told the newspaper. “Now we have the opportunity to bring them back. We have to get to the next generation. RadioShack will die out if we don’t get to them.”...
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Catalogs are about possibilities

2017-10-27 12:05:02

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn’t afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities.

[[Images of the Allied and Lafayette catalogs go here.]]
Caption: I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid. These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.

So, you can imagine how I felt when, last Thursday, I found both the Autumn/Winter 2017 DX Engineering catalog and the 2018-2019 Newark Electronics/element14 catalog in my mailbox.

DX Engineering has really taken the amateur radio world by storm over the last ten years or so. I probably don’t have to tell you about that. If you’re an active amateur radio operator, I’m sure that you have heard about—and probably ordered from—DX Engineering....
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2017-10-23 17:25:10

A large hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth. Estimated time of arrival: Oct. 24th. First contact with the gaseous material is expected to produce minor G1-class geomagnetic storms, intensifying to moderately strong G2-class storms on Oct. 25th as Earth moves deeper into the stream. Arctic sky watchers can expect to witness bright auroras. The lights could descend to lower latitudes as well, with sightings in northern-tier US states along a line from Maine to Washington. Visit for more information and updates.

Webmaster needed

2017-10-12 06:56:45

Due to my new 16 hours a day on my feet schedule, I have nothing left at the end of the day, much less for any of my customers for computer repair and maintenance.

I am looking for a new webmaster to take over the website completely as I will be moving out of town to continue working and will be further out of touch with the club.

If you are interested, please contact me by email at

Hope to see you all soon.
Jeff Mathews

2017-10-09 06:39:34

“In this video I show how to transmit radio signals with a Raspberry Pi! This video includes the complete steps from the beginning, where we format and reinstall the operating system (Raspbian), enable SSH access, upload audio files, install the necessary programs, and how to use them.

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Silent Key - Robert L. Ledford, M. Sgt US Army - WA4IDI

2017-10-01 09:22:57

Robert L. Ledford, M.Sgt., US Army retired, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility. He battled Parkinson and lung cancer for many years. Born on March 1, 1941, in Hannibal, Missouri. Bob graduated high school in Moline, IN and received an Associate of Science degreee from Vincennes University. In 1962 Bob moved to the Port Orange area with his parents. He was a member of the Florida National Guard, retiring after 37 years of service. He earned numerous commendations during his career and he was activated with his unit to serve in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Bob married Anne Worling, October 27, 1984. they were longtime residents of Daytona Beach before his National Guard unit was relocated to Jacksonville and then St. Augustine. They settled in Ormond Beach, after he retired in 2001, to be close to family. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, computers and was a ham radio operator. He and Anne shared many motorcycle adventures with fellow Gold Wing enthusiasts. In recent years, he shifted from the gold Wing to a Can Am Spider, which was his pride and joy. He spent most Saturday mornings at the local Can Am dealership, having coffee and donuts and shooting the breeze. He devoted many hours to helping friends with their home computers and setting up web pages. Via Facebook he kept his friends and family up to date on his political views or daily happenings. He was a member of the Daytona Beach Amateur radio Association and operated ham radios for over 50 years. Bob is survived by his wife of 33 years Anne, his mother Mary Ledford, a cousin, a niece and four nephews. He was soft spoken and had a quick wit. He will be missed by many. Memorial service will be held at, First Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017. Donations may be made to: VITAS, 2381 Mason Ave., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 1, 2017

The Current Space Weather Observation at 2017 Sep 29 03:30 UTC

2017-09-29 07:44:28

SF 91/Ap 55/Kp 3/Spots 40 09/28/2017/#Solar Wind 611 km/s#spaceweather #suninfo

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level occurred.

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Many hopeful that Ham Radio can help them contact their loved ones

2017-09-28 13:18:23

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.

For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System. Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there....
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The FCC's rewrite of its rules for the Part 95 Personal Radio Services takes effect today, September 28, 2017.

2017-09-28 13:13:24

Major changes include removing the 155-mile distance limit on CB contacts (which had virtually never been observed anytime the band was open in the past 50 years); addition of new Family Radio Service (FRS) channels (shared with GMRS, the General Mobile Radio Service); GMRS power restrictions on the channels newly shared with FRS, and allowing GMRS licensees to send text messages in addition to voice transmissions. (See July CQ, p. 26, for a more comprehensive look at the changes in various personal radio services.)

HAM? HAM radio? ham radio? Amateur Radio? amateur radio!

2017-09-28 10:58:48

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the ARRL PR mailing list, we've been discussing the proper way to refer to amateur radio. What brought this up was an email from one list subscriber, Richard, WB6NAH, who was (rightfully) proud of the work that his club—the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club—was doing. He noted that they were even featured in the police department's emergency preparedness brochure:

As you can see, the brochure refers to "HAM radio" and "HAM radio operators."

Referring to amateur radio in this way just drives me crazy. "Ham radio" is just a nickname for amateur radio, and "HAM" is certainly not an acronym for anything. I congratulated Richard on getting his club included in the brochure, but noted, "’s not HAM radio! It’s either 'amateur radio' or 'ham radio' (ham is not an acronym). I hate to be nitpicky about this, but as a professional writer, this usage just drives me crazy." He replied, "I agree on Amateur Radio, that was the city's call."

That kicked off the discussion.

One ham replied to me privately, "Thank you...I am continually trying to explain that it is not an acronym or abbreviation."...
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NW7US and present: The Current Space Weather Observation at 2017 Sep 28 06:30 UTC

2017-09-28 07:39:01

SF 91/Ap 37/Kp 7/Spots 35 09/27/2017/#Solar Wind 659 km/s#spaceweather #suninfo

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level occurred.

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vintage Wawasee Black Cat JB2000 amplifier at Planet Surplus

2017-09-27 17:27:26

A customer brought this beast to us today. A vintage Wawasee Black Cat JB2000 amplifier. Tubes glow like a 10 year old on Christmas morning. Our ham radio peeps should appreciate this animal. $399

Newington-based HAM radio organization sending help to Puerto Rico

2017-09-27 08:32:01

NEWINGTON -- The National Association for Amateur Radio, headquartered in Newington, is getting ready to send gear and volunteers to Puerto Rico. The organization, which has roughly 750,000 licensees, put out a call for volunteers to go to the island and transmit essential communication.

"The island is still kind of cut off," said Mike Corey, Emergency Preparedness Manager with the ARRL. "San Juan is starting to come back online. There's still a lot of the island that is without communications, and this will go a long way to help bridge some of those gaps."

The country remains largely without power, cell phone service or Internet. Ham radio, however, does not use cellular technology to operate, and can be powered by generators, batteries or solar power."You can, within an hour, have a full-operating amateur radio station and communicate with the world on very little power," said Valerie Hotzfeld, a ham radio operator who is heading to Puerto Rico to volunteer....
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2017-09-27 08:17:30

The Earth is starting to feel the impact of a high-speed solar wind stream. This wind is emanating from a recurrent polar-connected coronal hole. Current geomagnetic conditions are Quiet to Unsettled but they may increase to Active to Minor Storm levels within the next 24 hours. If this occurs, there is a possibility that Aurora may be visible, or at the minimum, be noticeable on shortwave and VHF.

Important news from the Maritime Mobile Service Network

2017-09-26 21:42:43

For Immediate Release, 9/23/17
Prepared by Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, Assistant Net Manager
The Maritime Mobile Service Network operates 365 days a year on a frequency of 14.300 MHz from
1200-2200 hours during daylight savings and from 1200-2100 hours during Eastern Standard Time.
Most amateurs are aware that the net's primary purpose is to assist maritime vessels in times of
emergencies and with routine traffic.
In the wake of the devastating damage caused by the recent hurricanes, The Maritime Mobile Service
Net is listening for any traffic from the affected areas. We are committed to assisting in any way
possible with health and welfare traffic from the affected area.
Net members are being instructed that after checking for maritime mobiles that they immediately check
for stations that might need assistance in those areas that might have contact traffic or need assistance
during this crisis.
Please direct any stations within the effected area to our net and we will render any assistance that we
can provide. It should be noted that 14.300 MHz is the designated emergency center of activity
frequencies adopted by the IARU Region 1 General Conference in 2005.
Should you need further assistance or information, please direct you emails to
Authority: Rene Stiegler, K4EDX
Net Manager

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

2017-09-25 19:53:28

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

SET Scheduled for October 7th at Earl Brown Park

2017-09-25 19:52:30

We will be holding a SET on October 7th at Earl Brown Park. For more information and to register.

World’s Largest Crystal Radio K9QD

2017-09-25 09:14:40

Crystal Radio constructed with unusually large passive components with the goal of obtaining an extremely high Q. Variable capacitor from a B-17 Bomber’s antenna tuner and the final tank coil from a 50KW AM Broadcast transmitter once used by Chicago area WMAQ Radio’s Continental equipment are employed for outstanding performance....
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New 630 Meter Ham Band

2017-09-25 09:13:29

Join us Tues at 8 PM central time on W5KUB.COM.This week the new 630 meter ham band plus Katie Allen, WY7YL visiting a ham club in Scotland. There is a big time difference between Scotland and us so we are still trying to work out how we bring this segment to you. Post your shack pics for the show in our group. We invite you to join our facebook group at

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions this evening

2017-09-22 17:01:15

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to assist with outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.
Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequencies clear at this time, to facilitate communications necessary for Hurricane Maria response.…/w1aw-suspending-transmissions-this-ev…
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The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers

2017-09-22 11:39:14

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz.
“SATERN had initially planned on terminating the net operations for Hurricane Maria by today,” SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, said on Friday. “However, the amount of health-and-welfare messages flowing through the Net the last 2 days is expected to continue today and likely through at least Sunday or Monday.”...
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